In Years Past

In 1914, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Hale of 9 Sherman St., Jamestown, tendered an informal reception the previous afternoon at their home in honor of the former’s father, W.F. Hale of Allen Street, celebrating his 87th birthday. About 40 relatives and friends paid their respects and were served by the hostess with a refreshing punch. The dining room of the home was prettily decorated in red and there was everywhere a profusion of red geraniums. A large birthday cake, almost obscured by candles, centered the table at which were seated the honor guest and fourteen relatives and intimate friends, each of whom was over 75 years of age. Sharing honors with him was his wife who would observe her 81st birthday the following Monday.

The discovery that a sewer in Olean was partially filled with crude vaseline was giving plumbers and the street department of that city something to puzzle over. Recently the sewer became clogged and an oily dark colored mixture flowed into the cellar of the Anibus residence. The line was opened and found to be full of grease of the consistency of vaseline but of a dirty black color. The odor was almost as strong as gasoline, visibly affecting the plumbers seeking to repair the sewer. It was believed that the stuff was waste from the Vacuum Oil Company’s refinery at North Olean but there seemed to be no way to account for its presence in the Olean sewer.

In 1939, the contract for the ornamental sculpture on the new Chautauqua County Jail, nearing completion at Mayville, had been awarded to Jean Mackay of Buffalo. The estimated cost of this work was $1,000 but Mackay was the low bidder and the contract was awarded for $835. The sculpture would consist of four different items, the largest of which was a panel about five-by-nine feet occupying the central position directly above the main entrance. This panel was done in what was known as bas-relief. The idea of the whole panel symbolized the function of the building behind it. A jail should be a highly efficient building and one to command respect but it should hardly be made to look inviting which explained the somber theme of the design of the big panel. The main theme of this panel was remorse.

A crowd of 10,000 jammed the Chautauqua amphitheater to hear the king of jazz, Paul Whiteman and his famous orchestra play a concert engagement. Every seat was taken and spectators crowded the huge auditorium to make one of the largest audiences in the institution’s history. From 5 p.m. until the time sthe concert started, people flocked through the gates in a steady procession. From 6 p.m. on, the line never broke. At one time, as far as the eye could see along the highway toward Jamestown, there was a solid lineup of cars waiting to deposit eager jazz fans at the entrance gate. Chautauquans themselves turned out en masse for the spectacle. The plaza had never been more deserted since the past winter.

In 1964, the word “if” had only two letters but it was a big word for some 5,000 area children this day. If it rained, the “Kid’s Fun Day” program at Lakewood would be canceled and a rain date would be announced later. Rain had been forecast by the weatherman. It was no secret that for the past two or three weeks around 4 or 5 p.m., rain clouds had visited the area. The “Kid’s Fun Day” would be in progress from 2-10 p.m. in the rear of Jenkins Dairy. Police Chief Anthony C. Caprino of the Lakewood Police Department and Capt. Morrie Anderson of the police reserves, had made arrangements to welcome more than 5,000 children, who would be admitted free of charge to see the circus aerialists, dogs, ponies and elephants perform.

A $250,000 remodeling program of the Bank of Jamestown was expected to begin immediately, President Howard N. Donovan announced. Contracts had been awarded for the construction of a substantial new addition at 206 N. Main Street, adjacent to the present building. The new four-story structure would provide an additional 6,000 square feet of work space to the present facilities. The building at 206 N. Main Street, formerly occupied by Lipman Clothing Store and purchased by the Bank of Jamestown two years ago, would be razed and the new structure erected.